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June TBR: NetGalley + Black Lives Matter

Hello lovelies! Happy first day of June! This month I’ll be focusing on my NetGalley arcs and on some pretty important books as well.

The murder of George Floyd has left me broken hearted and angry beyond words. I’ve mostly been retweeting and sharing the words of others on social media because I feel it is my job to use my voice to raise the voices of People of Color, especially Black voices in this time. I also acknowledge my privilege and know that I have a lot of work to do in order to not only become a better ally, but to also be the best ally I can be. Simply staying up to date on events is never enough. The work we need to do will be ongoing, and it will never stop.

With this in mind this month I’m continuing my work, in part, by reading several books by Black authors, and authors of color. These books cover a variety of topics from racism to LGBTQAI+.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

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“Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.”

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

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“Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas–and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.”

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins 

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“From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today—perfect for fans of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.”

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

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“For readers who have engaged with America’s legacy on race through the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson, I’m Still Here is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness–if we let it–can save us all.”

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

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“Told with raw honesty, insight, and lyricism, this debut explores the layers of identity that make us who we are—and allow us to shine.”

I’m very excited to read these books and continue my work as an ally. I’d love  to add to my list if anyone has any recommendations they’d like to make.

I’d also like to share this link to Ways To HelpThis website offers a variety of resources for protestors, signing petitions, and places to donate among others. Please check it out.

In addition to these important reads I also several NetGalley books to read this month.

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

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“Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.”

Something to Talk About byMeryl Wilsner

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“A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance.”

Take Me With You by Tara Altebrando

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“At first they think it’s some kind of prank or a social experiment orchestrated by the school administration. Still, they follow its instructions until the newly-formed group starts to splinter. Nobody has time for these games–their lives are complicated enough. But the device seems increasingly invested in the private details of their lives. And disobeying its rules has scary–even life-threatening–consequences . . .

I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre

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“A YA contemporary rom com about two girls who start as rivals but after a twist of events, end up falling for one another–at least they think so. A pitch perfect queer romance–and it’s a paperback original!”

A couple of these are also LGBTQIA+ reads which is perfect since it’s Pride Month.

Overall I’m excited for this month’s reading list. I’m excited to continue my work and to stay on top of my NetGalley reviews.

I hope you guys are looking forward to your reading this month and I hope you are using your voice to help create change and further social justice around the world.

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